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Trail and Recreational Riding

Horse Illustrated readers enjoy hitting the trail or just for recreational riding. Therefore, we have informative articles on topics such as dealing with an emergency on the trail, new or must-have tack and gear, how to teach your horse to cross water, how to ride on hilly riding paths, how to maintain horse trails, tips for camping with your horse, getting your horse ready for a season of riding, how to create a better horse for the this type of riding, and more. Our experts know that safety is of utmost importance for any type of riding but definitely when you may be further from home. Learn tips on how to have a safe trip out on your horse and when doing recreational riding.

Sir Rugged Chex—known as Checkers—is headed to Kentucky for BreyerFest 2022! Checkers was given the honor of becoming the first mountain trail horse to be turned into a Breyer Model Horse in 2020.Due to COVID, BreyerFest went virtual that year, so...
Recreational riding programs have long been an essential part of most horse breed association’s offerings, because they help attract and keep members. Program participants often praise the tracking logs as a way to keep track of time spent with...
Preparing for a 100-mile horse ride is no small feat. I’ve trekked across Mongolia as an official for an endurance horse race, but that seems like a warm-up for The Tevis Cup, which spans across the Sierra Nevada mountains...
Trail riding is among the most popular equestrian pastimes, and competing on the trail was once something many trail riders enjoyed. But due to a variety of factors, two organizations that sanction competition on the trail have seen a...
Summer and fall are fine times of year to get out of the arena and onto the trail for some new scenery. But some of the most interesting and exciting places to go horseback riding on the trail may...
On August 12, 2017, Trina Ockenfels and her horse Tiger went on an average trail ride with a group of friends in Ionia State Recreation Area, which spans 4,500 acres. Unfortunately, their normal trail ride ended in tragedy when...
Constantly drilling down on riding goals in an arena can become a grind for both horse and rider. Trail riding is fun and relaxing but lacks the thrill of competition. Another challenge for many equestrians is how to get...
Whether by choice or by necessity, horseback riding solo can bring joy, adventure and a sense of accomplishment, but it also carries with it an element of danger. Planning ahead and preparing both horse and rider decreases the risk,...
Will your horse allow you to pick up and swing a rain slicker? The noise and fast-moving fabric on both sides of his body can be spook-inducing. Whether you’re preparing for a trail class that includes the slicker as...
The open trail. Horse, rider and not a fence in sight. Trail riding is a favorite pastime of both equestrians and their loyal mounts. Proper planning bolsters your chances for a successful excursion through nature, but how do you...
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